Chow Down: This Week in Food Blogs

July 28, 2011 | 1:15 PM | Eat & Drink | By Alanna Watson

No dipping our chip in the hot salsa this week, we are dumping the whole bowl and taking a Guy-Fiere-sized bite. Here’s a Redux on this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:

Never ones to turn down dessert first, we thought we’d share what Michele Laudig was kind enough to dish out on Monday. Turns out our very own Sweet Republic was featured on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” recently. We heard the buzz awhile back, but the episode finally aired and yet another Valley fave has skyrocketed to Food Network fame. The Toffee Banofi Sundae was a favorite of Alton Brown and is now to be a favorite of the million bandwagon jumpers within a 30 mile radius. While we joke, we seriously don’t blame you. Check out the video spot on Laudig’s blog here.

It has been awhile since we’ve given a shout out to our favorite food blogger ever in the history of the universe in this weekly recap. We have no words, but he has plenty for his recent meal at Beckett’s Table. EricEatsOut headed there for a casual dinner with no intention on writing on the restaurant he once deemed “underwhelming”. Turns out the kinks in service had been worked out, the less-than-impressive dishes dropped and the very popular restaurant has now earned the Eric Seal of Approval:

“Beckett’s Table is not “complicated food” – – it’s simple food where you would feel comfortable for date night or family night.  As I’ve often said of Gilbert’s Liberty Market, if it was in my neighborhood I’d eat at Beckett’s all the time.”

Among Eric’s favorites were the Fire Roasted Green Chili Pork Stew (pictured via foodspotting), the Pork Plate with Pickled Vegetables and the Chocolate Dipped Bacon S’mores (drool). Congrats, Beckett’s Table, you can now expect to be even more busy than you already are.

We love the Meatless Mondays posts on Chow Bella. We love them so much, that we seek them out each week with the intention of writing about them, but then refrain for fear of becoming too predictable. Predictability be damned this week because they nailed it with the simple and delicious recipes for vegetarian bruschetta. One simple piece of bread toasted, brushed with olive oil and garlic and seasoned with salt and pepper, is a vehicle for endless, delectable variations. White Bean, Marinated Mushroom and Tomato and Basil (pictured) were the three recipes provided and you can check them out to try them out here.





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